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Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

My local grocery recently remodeled their store and added a specialty cheese department. I purchased a delicious English Blue Stilton cheese there which I used in this salad. The walnuts were candied in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad

  • 1 – 5 oz container baby spring mix lettuce
  • 2 Bartlett pears
  • 1/2 lb. English Blue Stilton cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts candied and chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Heat butter in a saute pan until melted, stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts coating them all. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet covered in foil on 375 degrees for 5 – 8 minutes until they darken. Remove them from oven and let them cool. Once cool chop them for the salad. Slice the pears. In a large mixing bowl, add the pears, chopped nuts and crumble in the blue cheese. Serve with a balsamic dressing.




Hungarian Cookies

Today I made my grandmother’s cookies. My grandmother and her sister made these cookies every year during the holiday season. Fortunately I got the recipe from my grandmother many years ago and have taken over the tradition of making them. When I was a child, she stored them on the upper shelf in the hall closet at her house until Thanksgiving day. My sister and I knew they were there and we would steal them and load our pockets with them. The recipe she gave me is on a piece of notebook paper in her handwriting. I treasure the recipe and think of her whenever I make them. Hers were always perfect in size.


Grandma’s Hungarian Cookies

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups mission figs
  • 2 cups pitted prunes
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of one orange
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Mix raisins, figs, prunes, walnuts, orange zest and orange juice in the food processor until a thick paste filling forms. I do this in half batches. Set aside.


Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl and add the eggs a little at a time and continue mixing. Add vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture until completely mixed together. The dough will be sticky. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangular shape approximately 1/4″ thick. Cut into 2″ squares with a serrated cutter. Fill each square with a heaping tsp of the filling. Lap the dough over and form a triangle. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes or until golden on the edges. The thinner you roll out the dough, the quicker they will bake.¬†Once they cool, dust them in powdered sugar. Yields 7 dozen cookies. I freeze them until they are ready to be given away.


Italian Cookies II


Thank you grandma




Chocolate Chip Date Nut Squares


Chocolate Chip Date Nut Squares

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Chop dates and nuts. Cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and eggs. Continue to mix and add all the remaining ingredients. Bake in a square 8″ X 8″ greased baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and cut into 2″ squares and dust with powdered sugar. Makes 16 squares.



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